Recent Posts by Helena
Lille's Driverless Metro
Lille's Driverless Metro
Inside one of Lille’s gorgeous metro stations. Photo by Martin Araya. In April 2006, my husband and I were both teaching two-week courses at a university center in Lille, a city in northern France. I was excited, knowing that Lille ...
My New Love Affair: The Dahon Speed 7
My New Love Affair: The Dahon Speed 7
He’s cute, he’s adventurous, he’s reliable, and he’s closeted. What more could one ask of a folding bike? My latest love interest is the Dahon Speed 7. I’d been eying him in the bike store for quite a while, examining ...
Schipol Versus Dulles: Intermodal Connectivity in Today's Cities
Schipol Versus Dulles: Intermodal Connectivity in Today's Cities
Dulles Airport is infamous for those “mobile lounges.” Photo by Kaptain Krispy Kreme from Flickr. In my continuing quest to identify the elements that make for an enjoyably car-free urban existence I definitely need to mention inter-modal connectivity. After all, ...
¡Viva Granada!
¡Viva Granada!
One of Granada’s clean and nice-looking bus stops. Photo by celikins from Flickr. In October, I spent a few days in Granada, Spain, with my daughter, Lorna. A quick stop by the city’s Tourist Information office gave us the info ...
Walking Like An Egyptian in Cairo
Walking Like An Egyptian in Cairo
Cars and freeways are cutting through Cairo. Photo by seyerce from Flickr. In Cairo, my spouse and I lived for a month in a high-rise in a central-city neighborhood called Garden City. Cairo, a city inhabited by about 18 million ...
Pedestrianization Is London's Calling
Pedestrianization Is London's Calling
A street shot of pedestrian friendly London. Photo by *Berto from Flickr. During the months of March and April I lived in pedestrian-friendly London, the biggest of the half-dozen cities around the world that now impose a congestion charge on ...